ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia pounded out 11 runs on 17 hits Saturday and needed every one of them to hold on for an 11-10 win over a scrappy Kentucky team at Foley Field.
Hunter Cole went 3-for-4 and drove in four runs to spark the Bulldogs' attack. Nelson Ward went 3-for-5 and drove in three runs.
The Bulldogs (26-28-1, 11-18-1 SEC) built a 7-0 lead before the Wildcats scored three runs in the top of fifth to trim the lead to 7-3.
Georgia then added two runs in each the fifth and sixth innings to stretch the lead to 11-3.
Kentucky (32-22, 14-16) rallied for a 6-run eighth inning ignited by A.J. Reed's NCAA-leading 23rd homer of the season.
The Wildcats threatened again in the ninth, scoring a run to close the lead to 11-10. With a runner on second base and two outs, Jared Cheek got Matt Reida, who homered and drove in four runs, on a fly out to center to end the game.
Robert Tyler (6-4) gave up three runs on eight hits over seven innings to get the win.
Zack Brown (0-1) allowed four runs on seven hits in three innings and took the loss.
With the win, Georgia clinched the 12th and final seed in the SEC tournament that begins Tuesday at Hoover (Ala.) Metropolitan Stadium. Georgia will face Mississippi State, the No. 5 seed, at 7:30 p.m.